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Webster H. Pilcher, M.D., Ph.D.

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Webster H. Pilcher, M.D., Ph.D. is the Ernest & Thelma Del Monte Distinguished Professor of Neuromedicine and Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. Dr. Pilcher pursued his undergraduate studies at Colgate University and received his MD/PhD (Neuroscience/Anatomy) at the University of Rochester where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Following Neurosurgical training at the University of Rochester, he was awarded the Charles A. Ellsberg fellowship to study epilepsy and brain tumor surgery with George Ojemann, MD, at the University of Washington in Seattle. In the fall of 1990, Dr. Pilcher returned to the University of Rochester on the faculty of Neurosurgery where he developed a nationally recognized epilepsy monitoring and surgery program, performing operations in Rochester and Cyprus and publishing extensively on the topic.

In 2002, Dr. Pilcher was appointed Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center and began the transformation of a small clinical service Department into a nationally recognized academic and clinical enterprise. He promoted Neurosurgery leadership in therapeutic discovery for brain and spinal diseases and his recruitment of scientific and clinical faculty has vaulted URMC Neurosurgery to a top 5 ranking nationally in funding with over $7.9 million in total funding annually. He developed a community–wide Neurosurgery initiative (Rochester Neurosurgery Partners) which emphasizes collaboration rather than competition among Rochester physicians, health systems and payers; and which is focused upon improving quality, outcomes and cost of care for Rochester patients with stroke, brain tumors, neurodegenerative diseases, spinal disorders and other Neuromedicine afflictions. As leaders of the Rochester Neurosurgery community joined Dr. Pilcher in this effort and, as talented young surgeon – scientists were recruited from the finest institutions in the country, the Department has grown to national stature with subspecialty programs in every sector of Neurosurgery now available to patients in Rochester and the surrounding region.

Dr. Pilcher has grown the Department from 5 to 12 Neurosurgeons which now provides leadership of Neurosurgery at all four Rochester hospitals and staffs 11 regional outreach clinics. As a result of his focus on quality indicators and cost effective care, he has secured funding from major partners in the area (hospitals and insurance companies) to develop and implement a database which will capture and analyze the cost and quality of the care provided to Rochester patients with Neuromedicine diseases.
In recognition of his vision of an integrated Neuromedicine-centered home, in 2007, Dr. Pilcher was appointed the head of the URMC Neuromedicine integrated disease program and has continued to create, with his Neuromedicine faculty, patient focused, cost effective programs to care for the growing population of patients with Neurological diseases and disabilities.

Dr. Pilcher cites his personal accomplishments as his family: Allyson to whom he has been married for 37 years, sons Webster and Brad, daughter Elisabeth and son-in-law Richard and three granddaughters. He currently resides in Honeoye Falls, New York with Allyson and his 3 golden retrievers.



MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1989 - 06/30/1990
Fellowship in Epilepsy at University of Washington School of Medicine

07/01/1984 - 06/30/1989
Residency in Neurological Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1983 - 06/30/1984
Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Merit Award
Sponsor: Rochester Academy of Medicine
Location: Rochester, NY

Upjohn Surgical Research Award

Resident Research Award
Sponsor: URMC Department of Surgery

Alpha Omega Alpha, Honorary Medical Society
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine

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Journal Articles

Pilcher W, Thomas BE, Bhasin SS, Jayasinghe RG, Yao L, Gonzalez-Kozlova E, Dasari S, Kim-Schulze S, Rahman A, Patton J, Fiala M, Cheloni G, Kourelis T, Dhodapkar MV, Vij R, Mehr S, Hamilton M, Cho HJ, Auclair D, Avigan DE, Kumar SK, Gnjatic S, Ding L, Bhasin M. "Cross center single-cell RNA sequencing study of the immune microenvironment in rapid progressing multiple myeloma." NPJ genomic medicine.. 2023 Jan 26; 8(1):3. Epub 2023 Jan 26.

Yao L, Jayasinghe RG, Lee BH, Bhasin SS, Pilcher W, Doxie DB, Gonzalez-Kozlova E, Dasari S, Fiala MA, Pita-Juarez Y, Strausbauch M, Kelly G, Thomas BE, Kumar SK, Cho HJ, Anderson E, Wendl MC, Dawson T, D'souza D, Oh ST, Cheloni G, Li Y, DiPersio JF, Rahman AH, Dhodapkar KM, Kim-Schulze S, Vij R, Vlachos IS, Mehr S, Hamilton M, Auclair D, Kourelis T, Avigan D, Dhodapkar MV, Gnjatic S, Bhasin MK, Ding L. "Comprehensive Characterization of the Multiple Myeloma Immune Microenvironment Using Integrated scRNA-seq, CyTOF, and CITE-seq Analysis." . 2022 Oct; 2(10):1255-1265. Epub 2022 Oct 25.

Ellens NR, Schartz D, Rahmani R, Akkipeddi SMK, Kelly AG, Benesch CG, Parker SA, Burgett JL, Proper D, Pilcher WH, Mattingly TK, Grotta JC, Bhalla T, Bender MT. "Mobile Stroke Unit Operational Metrics: Institutional Experience, Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." Frontiers in neurology. 2022 13:868051. Epub 2022 May 09.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Epilepsy Surgery: Outcomes and Complications
Book Title: Youmans Neurological Surgery
Author List: Petraglia, A; Kaufman, C; Pilcher, W
Published By: Elsevier 2011 in Philadelphia

Chapter Title: Awake Surgery for Epilepsy
Book Title: The Treatment of Epilepsy
Author List: Kaufman, C.B., Pilcher, W.H.
Edited By: Shorvon, S.D.
Published By: Wiley-Blackwell 2009

Chapter Title: Epilepsy surgery: outcome and complications
Book Title: Youmans Neurological Surgery
Author List: Pilcher WH
Edited By: HR Winn and JR Youmans
Published By: W. B. Saunders 2004 in Philadelphia



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